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William Shock

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Chicago Illinois | Member Since 2007

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  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1692)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Fascinating - couldn't stop listening."
    Overall

    "The Psychopath Test" takes us on a journey through a host of interesting characters, including scientologists, psychiatrists, patients, and of course "psychopaths", giving us a variety of perspectives and insights along the way. Jon Ronson takes a postmodern approach to his subjects, an underlying skepticism which leads to interesting questions and speculations. While a moral relativism mutes some of the book's passion, this is made for by Ronson???s introspective self-doubt and honestly. Ronson brings some important social quandaries to light ??? what to do with psychopaths, the potentially psychopathic nature of our leaders, the reliability of psychiatric checklists, and the potential dangers of diagnosing and medicating children, to name just a few.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.

    Roger says: "Valuable scholarship, but not exactly literature"
    "Excellent Book"
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    Performance
    Story

    Naomi Oreskes does an in-depth analysis of her subject with dignity and professionalism. She is of exceptional character and credibility.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Nordhaus, Michael Shellenberger
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Environmental insiders Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus triggered a firestorm of debate with their self-published essay, "The Death of Environmentalism". In this eagerly anticipated follow-up, the authors expand upon their argument that the paradigms driving the environmental movement and much of liberal politics are outdated and ineffective.

    Linda says: "A New Look at the Environment"
    "Trojan horse for the free market"
    Overall

    Nordhaus and Shellenberger give us a new vision of post environmentalism, an ugly nightmare where wilderness and biodiversity are all just human constructs and people revert into fantasy to find reality. In a world of finite resources the infinite possibilities of our imaginations cannot trump the real world of limitations. Nordhaus and Shellenberger have been watching too much T.V.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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